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Drive More Traffic To your Blog by Submitting News and Articles

After several experiments and tries, I finally did a setup for a community news section on FamousBloggers.net that I am satisfied with. So, I think it’s a good time to share this on the blog and announce the new Community News section for bloggers.

Also, I will give you some information on how I created the news section in case you are interested in implementing it on your own blog, however I won’t get deep into technical stuff, but I will point you to the right direction.

What is a Community News?

If you don’t know what community news section is, then let me give you a quick view…

The Community News section is a way of sharing knowledge, basically you have a section dedicated to receive links submissions from the community and publish it on your own blog. It’s so close to the idea of social bookmarking sites, but the technique and tools are different.

This technique is very popular among design related blogs, probably this explains a little about why design blogs can attract more traffic on the web by submitting their awesome showcases, tutorials, and inspiration posts. Community News sections has been and still used in several different ways, For example, there are some blog owners who do it manually, you submit a link to an article along with a short description, and the owner of the blog publish it manually.

But, some smarter design related blog owners and webmasters went beyond the manual boring work and stat to develop ways to automate the process as much as possible. However, there is no complete solution that you could use out of the box, you must add your own development and invest some time to create a good community news system for your blog.

Being a web designer and developer, I have been part of many news sites, I did followed this technique for a long time, especially when I first started my blog, and I must say it’s a fantastic and easy way to drive traffic, the only hard thing is to actually write good and high quality content so that everyone will love to link back to it and proudly promote it.

Here is a few blogs that I loved to share my design and WordPress related articles on:

The examples above is just to show you how the submission process works and how actually your article will be archived and linked to. Keep reading as I will explain to you the differences between these ways and my way!

How Submitting News to a Community News can help my blog?

The idea here is that you submit links to your own blog posts and articles, this is helpful by two ways, firstly it’s a chance for more traffic to your article, and secondly you get a link back to your article, which could help your ranking in search engines!

I have tested this many times, and it simply works.

Actually, I am amazed that a few of the links I submitted during the last week were gaining some decent visits, some links even got ranked well in Google! You got to try it out yourself to judge it, submit an article!

[box type=”note”]This service is available only for our contributors, this means you must be registered to our blog and had at least one guest post to get your links reviewed and published in the news section.[/box]

How Famous Bloggers Community News is different!

Among all the sites I’ve seen in the past couple of years, not even a single site gives you any type of power or control over the way they present your links or the way they actually linking back to your article. Most of the news sections are archived in way that doesn’t really help your ranking unless it’s published manually in a round up form. I think the main focus was on traffic, but really SEO, and probably the idea was invented before web designers start to realize SEO and care for it.

This explains the wrong use of anchor text in links, for example: “read full article“, links to “original source“, or link to the full post title as an anchor text. This is the same thing in most of social bookmarking sites, which doesn’t really help you to rank for a specific keyword.

So, I thought to change all that!

My technique is completely different, and the changes I’ve done was really simple, but effective!

community news form

I thought to make use of SEO power, Keywords and Anchor text in the submissions, so You control the way your links are presented when you submit it.

  • You decide the SEO Title and Description that will be displayed in SERPs.
  • You decide your best keyword that will be used to link to your article.
  • Best if all, you get a link within content, the real body of the post!

What you think?

Technical setup for the Community News

As I told you before, I have done several experiments trying to find the best way to get news submissions. You may think this is easy, you just go and use whatever form building plugin and start receiving submission right away!

Well… I wish this is possible, but no! It’s not that easy!

I’ve used TDO Mini Forms plugin which I think is great, but as you may know, the plugin wasn’t lucky enough due to lack of updates, probably this is why it was removed from WordPress plugins directory. However, I am having an older version and it’s actually working, but with a few glitches and missing features! You can check it out if you would like too, here is a link to the submission page on my other site.

Anyways, there is no plugin for this job yet! There is no complete solution for me, so I had to create my own and get assistance of some other plugins as well to complete the submission circle and make it fast and easy for me to publish the submissions on the blog! What I needed was something that saves me time, a lot of time! And, because I believe  if there is nothing that help me to do what I want, then I need to invent it!

So, I started with creating my own community news custom post type plugin based on information provided at WP Post Types codex page, then I started to build on top of it.

I ended up with using thee plugins:

  1. My own Community News Custom Post Type Plugin
  2. Gravity Forms Plugin (Read my review of Gravity Forms plugin)
  3. Gravity Forms + Custom Post Types add-on

Of course, there were a few lines of CSS and function modifications added to the custom Thesis Theme Skin I am using on my blog to get things to work together!

And, the most interesting thing is I don’t have to edit anything, I don’t have to modify anyways, the whole process is automated except the publishing part, I just have to check the quality of news or article before publishing, which is not really a big deal yet!

I won’t get into much details about technical stuff, but I will point you out to other…

Useful resources I came across:

Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Speaking about traffic, this is a great way, you submit your links, and I do the promotion, we both get traffic!

Click Here to Submit News

I don’t want to end up dealing with spam, so I decided to make the submission form available and free only for FamousBloggers.net’s contributors! However the plan can change any time, but at the mean time it won’t be a available for the public any time soon, as a way to guarantee that only quality articles will be shared.

I create websites with WordPress, and I develop Thesis Skins. I am a social network lover. I am also the night creature who works hard to keep this project up. Owner and founder of the Famous Blog.

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  • Avi Jit ( July 31, 2012, 8:46 am

    Great idea. I too use this idea. I submit my links to get traffic from social bookmarking sites and directories.
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  • Samuel April 2, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Oh, I didn’t know that a community section existed on this site. Google love social bookmarking and this community does better than that is an awesome thing!

    I will have to write a guest post and start being able to submit some news, over here! For SEO purposes, this idea seems to be well. :D
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  • Abhi Balani January 27, 2012, 8:02 am

    Yeah… Like all… Good Idea. I’ll keep this in mind when I have something to share. :-)

  • Jeevan Jacob John January 16, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Wow, that’s a great idea, Hesham!

    I would also help by submitting awesome posts that I come across the web :D
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  • David Sneen January 16, 2012, 10:43 am

    Great Faissal, Solving a problem, that is what the internet is about. You said it guest posting is a powerful means to promote your blog. Thanks for helping us with the tools!
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  • Mitz Pantic January 16, 2012, 1:20 am

    Very nice idea and a great way for more fresh content on your blog! You are very smart and I am jealous!!
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    • Hesham Zebida January 16, 2012, 8:56 am

      Let’s say, it’s a win-win situation, is has full benefits to bloggers who will submit their links, to me I am doing fine, but only one problem that I didn’t think of, a super high bounce rate!

      • Mitz Pantic January 17, 2012, 7:51 am

        Ah about the bounce rate..I think the amount of traffic it will create will outweigh the bounce rate problems.

        By the way I submitted a post and got around 20 or more visits. (so far) This also made me come back and submit another post and then read a few more posts here.. So you might get people returning too.
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        • Hesham Zebida January 17, 2012, 7:59 am

          That’s great, I also found those posts indexed well, this is super for rankings.

          Thanks for being active Mitz, I appreciate it.

  • Faissal Alhaithami January 15, 2012, 1:16 am

    Congratulation Hesham for the new section! :D

    To be honest your blog has always been a great traffic source to my blog ;) and I’m still getting traffic through my guest posts, which is GREAT :D

    Well done and keep up your awesome work.
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    • Hesham Zebida January 16, 2012, 8:59 am

      Thanks Faissal, it’s all because of your great contributions.

      Looking for more news submissions by you in the future, and glad to drive even more traffic to your blog!

  • sanjay January 13, 2012, 4:26 am

    Cool! I created that kind of function when I decided to create a business submission listing site. Although everything was hard coded and I didn’t use any plugin. The only thing that I think will be a problem is publishing those submissions for the site.
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  • naomi January 13, 2012, 4:14 am

    Thanks for a helpful post. I have tried submitting my article in high pr sites and i’m surprised that after a day my sites traffic increased. highly recommendable

  • Hooker January 12, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Seems like a win-win for everyone.

    I don’t quite understand all the technical stuff, but I’ll leave that to people smarter than me.

    Does this apply to sites in all indutries or only this “community?”
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    • Hesham Zebida January 13, 2012, 1:04 am

      It’s all related to our industry! So, I’ve started with about 5 categories including Blogging, Marketing, SEO, Technology and Design.

  • Mark January 12, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Cool idea Hesham. I had a community news section in the past, but it was in the sidebar site-wide.

    I will keep an eye on yours to see how it progresses and to see if you do anything different.

    Mark :)
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  • Morgan January 12, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Wow! Just when I thought this site couldn’t get better, you add a news section to it! This will certainly help to increase traffic. You rock, Hesham! :)
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    • Hesham Zebida January 12, 2012, 3:54 pm

      Hey Morgan,

      I am actually working behind the scenes to enhance the blog performance, you may not notice that unless I mention it :)

  • Lennart Heleander January 12, 2012, 10:13 am

    Hi Hesham,
    You are a devil to make news things in the blogosphere. Good luck and I will visit it.

    //Lennart

  • Dave Lucas January 12, 2012, 7:39 am

    Hesham – so plain and simple – what do you want submitted? It says “we don’t like old posts” – so does that mean new posts are OK or you want the post to debut on your site? Please DEFINE “old post” – is a week old too old? A day?

    Your post reminds me of another blog that holds contests and things but there are a million and one “details” – I gave up participating there because I got tired of emialing the admin asking what they wanted.

    May I suggest in the future you include a simple chart or “bullet point” list of exactly what you want and what the rules are.
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    • Hesham Zebida January 12, 2012, 4:00 pm

      Hi Dave,

      The main factor to get your post accepted is the quality!

      A week old post is not old, also a good content that is old one month is not bad idea if it’s worth it!

      What I mean by old is things that we already read and repeated 1000s of times on blogs, so it adds nothing new!

  • RebeccaB January 12, 2012, 3:07 am

    I totally agree with this. I have visited some sites and their post are dinosaur in dates! I just waste my time in their websites.

  • Tushar January 12, 2012, 1:23 am

    good launch. I am sure this will help new bloggers to gain valueable traffic.

    thanks for the share, hesham

  • Jeet Dholakia January 12, 2012, 12:51 am

    Ok thank you for your response i will surely look in to it and this blog is helping me a lot.
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  • Jeet Dholakia January 12, 2012, 12:09 am

    This is great news for all who really want to increase the traffic to their website and even to explore the knowledge but there is a small rule that you have to be contributor on this site so i would like to ask you that suppose i sign up as contributor so what are the rules that i have to follow?

    Thank you.

    • Hesham Zebida January 12, 2012, 12:26 am

      As I mentioned my post, this is only available for our members (contributors) those who have already done guest posts on the blog and have an active accounts, so it won’t really work just by registering to the blog!

      You can find more info on our guest blogging page.

      Thanks

  • Bishwajeet January 11, 2012, 11:48 pm

    Seems like quite a good idea. I have been submitting some of my posts to Reddit,Ycombinator and all and maybe I will submit some here too

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